Gouged on day camp in Frisco, and Town of Frisco response
I just tried to sign my kids up for the Frisco Fun Club morning activities programonly to find that the cost to participate has increased from $40 a month to $20 a day. That’s an 800 percent increase from last year.
I understand that the price in the past was very low, but why did the town see fit to increase the cost so dramatically, with no notice? When you look at it objectively, it’s three-and-a-half hours of arts and crafts, skateboarding or a nature walk, all on town-owned property. Is there really that much overhead? If the nature walk group has 13 children, does the town really need to charge $260? To walk around the peninsula? I doubt the counselors gets paid that. Where does the profit go? Town coffers?
As a long-time resident and business owner, I am deeply disappointed to see such a wonderful program disappear. Fun Club, especially the morning program, is meant to be a resource for local families, not a source of revenue for the town.
Jamie Callahan, Frisco
The cost of a full day of recreation with the town of Frisco has not changed. Children can still participate in summer recreation for $40 – $45 per day. Parents can drop their kids off at 8 a.m. and pick them up at 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for a cost of about $5 per hour. When compared to many other child care programs in and around the county, this is still a terrific deal for our local Frisco citizens. The Fun Club and recreation programs in Frisco are growing in a positive direction. In the past, our recreation programs have been severely undervalued. Last year, the recreation programs became state licensed under Colorado law. I feel this license has brought legitimacy and much improved safety to our programs; as such it has also brought additional cost and overhead to ensure the recreation programs are in compliance with state requirements
Mr. Callahan does bring up an interesting point. In the past, participants signed up for whole sessions of classes. These session were undervalued, so low in fact, the cost did not cover the instructors teaching those classes, let alone the overhead of supplies, gas and administration. This year, some morning activity prices changed due to the need to cover basic needs to run the program and to ensure the program can continue to grow, providing reliable summer child care to the community. The registration process was changed for several reasons: Now participants may sign up for each individual day. In this way, families do not have to pay for and sign up for classes they know they will be unable to attend. Now participants register for each class, each day. This was done for simplicity, to allow parents to work around family summer vacations, and to allow participants the choice of days of activity. This was not done in an attempt to gouge the local resident of Frisco.
The Town of Frisco does, and always will subsidize the cost of Fun Club and the programs associated with Fun Club. We will always do our best to offer quality programming with top-notch instructors at a price that is reasonable for both the consumer and the Town.
Seth Blackmer, Town of Frisco recreation manager
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